Physical Causes of Anxiety – Brain Structure

Recently it was all the rage to talk about the genetic cause of anxiety, some gene that when present heightened the risk and severity of anxiety. I never much bought into the theory as everyone has the capacity for anxiety and many people manage to shake it off. I am not a big fan of explaining anxiety away with physical causes, it smacks of a cop out to me. Anxiety is something that can be dealt with.
The latest that I have read is that anxiety can be caused by abnormal brain structure. People apparantly who have a thinner ventromedial prefrontal cortex are less able to deal or cope with stressful situations and therefore develope anxiety and post truamatic stress disorder (PTSD). Apparently those who develop PTSD tend to have less active ventromedial prefrontal cortex.
IF this is true then it would certainly seem that anxiety sufferers need to deal with past traumatic memories (through regression, EMDR, or whatever) in order to get over their symptoms.
Research like this should never be considered as a reason to sit back and do nothing about anxiety. It is still treatable and there is still lots you can do about it.

For more info on brain structure causes of anxiety check out the BBC story here.

Anxiety and Learnt Helplessness

People who have been suffering from anxiety sometimes don’t want to get better. To most sufferers that sounds quite ridiculous, afterall that swell of fear inside you, tingling feelings, restricted breathing, panic attacks and depression at not being able to do what other people do is the worst thing ever. Yet it’s true, some people seem to get caught up in wanting either consciously or subconsciously to keep hold of their problems to kind of scherk responsibility or avoid work.
No, I’m not some conservative politician trying to cut down on benefit payments. This is a serious barrier to some people’s recovery.
Checkout for a brief overview of secondary gain issues that can keep you stuck in dysfunctional behaviour.
It’s one to watch out for, and the people who are the quickest to say in their most indignant voice “Of course I want to get over my anxiety”….”Of course I don’t want to have panic atacks”…”Of course I want to clear this depression” are often the ones who are most attached to their problems.

Anxiety, impotence, Male Sexual Health and Performance

I’m considering adding a section to Anxiety 2 Calm about sexual performance, impotence, and male fertility. I figured that most people who have anxiety think negatively about themselves and negatively about the future – the “Murphy’s Law” effect, what can go wrong will go wrong. It seems that those with anxiety will not only have a poor self body image which is likely to hamper sexual performance and libido, but will also imagine failing in bed. This of course is true of both men and women. Everyone knows about male sexual health and fertility, but for women a lack of libido can be easier to hide and easier to explain away. Few are surprised, even in this day and age, when a woman doesn’t want to rush into sex, but a man’s failings are much more obvious.

Like so much, male sexual problems are so easy to get over when they are caused by anxiety and negative thought. But unsurprisingly few get help as it’s so embarrassing.

Watch this space for a link to my new section on anxiety and sexual performance.

Anxiety 2 Calm

This is the first blog from the newly revitalised Anxiety 2 Calm website. It’s been a busy time what with uploading loads of new content, trying to sort out the design and optimization and getting a forum sorted out.Damn, I’m feeling kind of as if no ones very grateful, visitor numbers are as poor as ever and no ones even using my fourms yet.

Oh well…First thing I wanted to know was: What do you all think of the “Linden Method”? You don’t have to google very much around keywords like anxiety and panic before the name charles linden pops up? I would love to know what people reckon, preferably those with first or second hand experience of it!